Q: What does making r/iPhone private mean, in this case?
A: Taking r/iPhone private means that no-one, except moderators
and approved submitters, can see the subreddit’s front page.
When attempting to access the subreddit, you will be met with a
blank screen stating “r/iPhone has been set to private by its
Q: What does indefinite mean in this case?
A: Originally, the protest was planned to be 48 hours. However,
after a shambolic AMA held by Reddit’s CEO, it has become clear
to us that Reddit doesn’t intend to act in good faith. When the
CEO is willing to lie and spread libellous claims about another
third-party developer, and then try double down by vilifying
them, again, in an AMA, despite being proven as a liar by the
developer through audio recordings, that’s when we knew what we
were up against. Therefore, the subreddit will be privatised
until such time as a reasonable resolution is proposed.
Q: Won’t Reddit just remove you as moderators and reopen the
A: This is a distinct possibility, Reddit has made it clear that
the “health” of their site is more important to them. We as a
team are prepared for this, none of us want to continue to
volunteer for a company that disrespects the people who helped
build it into the front page of the internet.
Q: An indefinite lockdown? I thought this was only supposed to be
for 48 hours?
A: Originally it was our intention to spread awareness of these
issues, but over the past week it has become clear that Reddit
doesn’t intend to act in good faith, and our role in the
protest became clear. The owners of Reddit have taken their
users, community developers, and their moderator teams for
granted and used them to build up a multimillion dollar company
which is now focused not on the community, but on how many
commas they can get out of Silicon Valley investors.